May 25th, 2011
The England Jersey: So Last Year
With so many goalkeepers pulling out of the England squad as of late, we’re eagerly awaiting a call up call to the Kickette office. We figure that it’s only a matter of time before Fabio Capello runs out of options and seeks help from the leading proponents of football fluffery. It’s a long shot, sure, but we’ve packed for a heavy Joe Hart ‘training’ session.
Hey, it could happen.
The latest twist in this friendly farce is the withdrawal of Fulham and England debutante David Stockdale. Stockdale was called up with the rest of the England players last week, but waited until Monday to advise the management team that he was getting married the day before the Switzerland tie.
Well, these things do have a habit of slipping from one’s mind, no?
With Ben Foster’s recently announced sabbatical and Rob Green’s withdrawal from the June qualifier due to his wife’s pregnancy, this would have left Fabs a little short handed, had Green not pulled a spectacular skidding u-turn upon learning of Stockdale’s nup niggle, and stated he was available for selection.
Hmm. We feel this may not help those arguing against the case that the pride in wearing an England shirt has devalued in recent years. The squad’s spectacularly poor performances in tournaments lately have been hard enough to watch for the fans so is it really any surprise that players might treat the call up lightly, given the hassle that comes with it?
Whatever the reason behind Green’s change of heart, do you believe that a player should always answer the call up, regardless of personal circumstance, or are certain things more important?
Do you even care anymore?